Members are invited to meet four times a year, including at the Members’ Annual Conference every September.
Universities UK is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status and is financed mainly through subscription from its member institutions.
The 24-person Board has 18 elected members: President; Vice-Presidents for England and Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales; Treasurer; seven policy network chairs; and six elected members. A further six members are appointed by the Board to help to ensure balance in terms of diversity and skills.
The board is our main decision-making body and meets five times a year. It focuses on UK-wide issues and those issues in the constituent nations of the UK that have UK-wide implications or interest.
Our executive comprises the president, three vice-presidents and the treasurer. It meets four times a year and reports to the Board. It acts on behalf of the Board to support and advise the chief executive; to undertake day-to-day monitoring, coordinating, planning and liaison functions; and to authorise action as required between board meetings.
Our president is elected from and by the membership of Universities UK for two academic years and is only eligible for re-election by special resolution. The president chairs all Universities UK Members' Meetings, the Board and the Executive Committee.
The current President is Professor Julia Buckingham CBE, Vice-Chancellor of Brunel University London, whose term of office began on 1 August 2019 and ends on 31 July 2021.
Alistair Jarvis is Chief Executive of Universities UK, and was appointed by the Board to be responsible for the day-to-day management and administration of Universities UK.
Alistair is supported by a senior management team.
Our networks and groups guide the development of our policies. They are made up of vice-chancellors and work with external experts and contacts to promote universities' interests to a wide audience.
They build and strengthen links with government agencies, professional bodies, industry and commerce, other education sectors and international audiences.
The current networks are:
The networks report to the Board through each of the elected chairs.
Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor, Oxford Brookes University (Chair) Professor Karen Cox, Vice-Chancellor, University of Kent Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff UniversityProfessor Rama Thirunamachandran, Vice-Chancellor, Canterbury Christ Church University
The committee assesses applications against the Membership criteria.
Professor Paul Layzell (UUK Treasurer) Professor Julia Buckingham CBE (UUK President) Professor Nick Braisby (Buckinghamshire New University) Professor Quintin McKellar CBE (University of Hertfordshire) Alistair Jarvis (UUK Chief Executive)